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OPEN HOUSE @ Goolwa / On Murray & Sea

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

You are welcome at our relaxing Holiday house. It represents a happy lifestyle that brings together families across the generations. We understand families, grandparents & kids! It's our fun & escape house too.

Our place is Yours to share. We like families, kids & occasional small pets!

Just 75 minutes drive down South, a change of house can create a positive feeling. There's a great community feel at Goolwa!

We are a family friendly holiday house with a 'beach shack' feel, with 4 bedrooms. Situated between Goolwa Beach and the Murray River Lake shore, near Barrage Road. We are close to all featured entertaining areas, by easy walking or just a few minutes driving.

Our house is attractive and clean with an open 'shack style' format in the garden setting of South Lakes, a traditional holiday place. Just 2 minute's walk to the South Lakes Golf Course, or the excellent AquaCaf restaurant and Fleurieu Function Centre restaurant, Aquatic Club and the Regatta Yacht Club. From there, you have a short walk to the Cockle Train Station and Ballast Stone Restaurant, Steam Brewery etc at the classic Goolwa Wharf Precinct, straight along the lakefront walkway.

This is a privately owned home, in a quality holiday home area with native gardens & trees. We love our holiday house and we share it as a way to offset costs.

Top Rated: Our house rates highly, just by positive guest approvals ~ because we offer fair pricing and pay attention to guest requirements. We are flexible with hours of entry and exit. Guests have our phone number and can call 24/7 for any assistance.

The house is a classic but updated two-storey Goolwa Shack house at South Lakes, with four (4) bedrooms, one that is actually a large open layout downstairs for multiple kids or sometimes used for a separate family.

Goolwa is just a 75 minute drive from Adelaide via the Hills Freeway, to Mt Barker & Strathalbyn; or by the Southern Expressway / Victor Harbor Road. You don't need to bring much with you to have a great time.

[Guest comment: "We had a fantastic long weekend. It was very quiet and relaxing and the way you have set up the home meant we had everything on hand. The open plan of the house meant that we could have our own space but still talk to each other! On Sunday morning we went for a walk around the area and it felt like we had been away for weeks. It really felt like OUR holiday house, so thank you so much for sharing it with us." Ali & Brian, Adelaide]

[Guest comment: "We recently had to attend a family event in Goolwa and would normally use a motel for such a sudden visit but this was so much better. The instructions were foolproof, the place was spotless and had everything that you would normally reach for at home. We are home again now and it seems like it was with much less effort than usual and we can only put it down to being able to relax like we were at home."]

At our house you'll hear the rolling ocean, just beyond the golf course and sandhills. Nearby Goolwa Beach has on-beach access for 4WD adventures to the Murray Mouth and Beach Fishing. For less adventurous drivers, any car can drive to the sheltered saltwater side Coorong boat ramp at Beacon 19, just a few minutes drive down Barrage Road, alongside the River, where you can fish in tidal estuary waters nearer the Murray Mouth. The movie 'Storm Boy' was filmed right around here.

Nature Rules: Bird watchers will be amazed with the wild life. Nearby is a World Standard Wilderness zone without the eco-tourist hype, all just a few minutes from our house.

Autumn or Winter: Down here next to the Southern Ocean is a great time to get away. The house is like a haven from the roar of the ocean, just 500 metres away. We are sailing people, and being in the house is a bit like being out there offshore. We love the sounds.

Space for All: The house has comfortable space for 8 or more people, or even for two flexible families by agreement. Comfortable modern furnishings and a big split system heat/cool air-conditioner unit are a feature. Widescreen digital TV and DVD with our many quality film & music event DVDs for your use. Toilet facilities upstairs and down. Under the balcony there's a big gas BBQ ready for dinner/ breakfasts. Plus a Weber charcoal Kettle BBQ - if you know how.

Goolwa South Lakes is ideal for families to enjoy water sports or fishing. You have access to the ocean seawater via the excitement of traversing the Sea Lock through the Goolwa Barrage to cruise to the Coorong estuary and Murray Mouth. Water skiing, parasail boarding, trailer-sailing or even r/c model boating is a feature of the protected lakes. You are just a minute from the water at Open House Goolwa.

What to Bring:

We ask you to supply YOUR OWN Linen for bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Why? People have told us that is their preference. Yes, we do have emergency sheets, but please let us know if they are used. All the Beds have a quality Dunas & Quilt cover, so all you need is sheets. Three Bedrooms upstairs: one has a Queen size bed / one a Double and the third smaller bedroom has single bed Bunks. Downstairs sleeping space for 4 or more people in a bunkhouse style that kids really enjoy!

Relax: Walking distance for great food! If you don't want to cook, walk to the nearby South Lakes Golf Club where you are welcomed for good food & pokies; or the trendy AquaCaf, the Bombora Cafe near the beach or the Goolwa Yacht Club for a coffee, or the many town hotels, clubs, cafes and bakeries that are just a bit further into town.

BUT ~ you can have your meals delivered. Check for Pizza, Pasta & Indian style food contacts that we display on our fridge magnets! Ring, relax and then eat out on the deck.

On Arrival: Put on the kettle. Use our complimentary quality Coffee Bags & Tea bags as a welcome. Sit down and relax. Choose a DVD blu-ray movie or a book. Doing nothing is totally acceptable!

*Cycle Groups: you are very close to the Encounter Bikeway.

On Sundays and during school holidays the Bikeway can be combined with the famous Cockle Train. Fantastic views of coast with many locations to stop and explore along the way including cafes, parks and historic towns of Middleton and Pt Elliot.

We are NOT A MOTEL and prefer stays of two (2) + more nights. We have specials for OFF PEAK Mid Week longer stays - Sunday to Thursday. Contact us to discuss our flexible options. PETS: Ask about your well-behaved Pets staying with you also. We are flexible.

NOTE: Long Weekends (are charged as 3 nights) & Peak School Holidays, Easter and Xmas or New Year Holiday periods are always in demand, so contact us early. Longer term bookings may receive precedence for Peak times.

Cleaning Agreement: We expect you to leave the house "As Clean As You Found It" - including a final clean of dishes, kitchen, bathroom, toilets and sweeping & vacuum of floors up stairs and downstairs. This house is not a motel. It is easy to do a quick clean, that's all we ask.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018


Goolwa South House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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OPEN HOUSE @ Goolwa / On Murray & Sea
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews
Gawler, South Australia, Australia

What the doctor ordered!

  • 5 of 5

Have just spent a lovely couple of days here. Excellent location, easy stroll into Goolwa and short drives to surrounding tourist spots. Clean and comfortable with everything you need for a mini break - or longer ! Would definitely revisit !

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Janet & Family, we appreciated your lovely review and those positive comments about Goolwa too. Happy to have you back any time. Cheers Mike & Christine
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Lovely house and area!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! Slept six comfortably. Mike was super easy and prompt to communicate with by email. Highly recommended the house!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review & recommendation Stephanie & Family Group. You're welcome any time at our family friendly house! Best wishes from Mike & Christine
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Great home!!

  • 5 of 5

Home was in excellent condition, great location. Thanks again

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Great to have you stay again Jolene, family and furry friends! We really appreciate the way you treat our special place ~ as if it was your own. You are welcome any time. Regards, Mike & Christine
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Comfortable and convenient

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our weekend at the Open House. Mike was very friendly and accommodating. The upstairs area is bright and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thanks Chenni & Family Group, it was a pleasure communicating with you - and you will be welcome to stay again, hopefully with more time than your weekend celebration. Cheers Mike & Christine
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

good property

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed the balcony for relaxing in the morning.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thanks Sherry and we regret the lower Star Rating. You left the house in great shape, and I am apologetic for any dustiness that you may have found. We will make sure that does not happen again. As mentioned in our return email, when you stay next we will do a discount in appreciation for your help, if that could be useful for you. Best wishes, Mike & Christine
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Easy breezy beachside living

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here multiple times and the owner has gone out of their way to make our stay easy and comfortable. You could fit a small army in here and the street is one of the most relaxed with a distinct lack of fences and endless green lawns that take me back to my childhood summers in the area. The house is well appointed with a bit of old-school beach house charm. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review Jon & Group, we really appreciate your support and the way you leave the house. Best wishes from Mike & Christine
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Other Activities:

River & Lakes; Beach, Steam




Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 7 guests. Property has 7 beds and can sleep a maximum 8 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $300 per stay

    Optional Costs
    Easy Family Weekend: $440 per stay
    Long Weekends 3 Day: $660 per stay
    School Hols Mid Year: $1000 per stay
    Xmas & New Year week: $250 per night
    Easter Weekend 4 day: $1200 per stay
    Schoolies Stay estim: $500 per night

    * Ask the owner to arrange these

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